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Innovation leading to self
EddieStarr | October 17, 2008 at 03:59 amby
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" In a breakthrough study, European physicists have developed a unique computer circuit that can build itself - a development that can lead to self-assembling computers.
Scientists took a long organic molecule with mobile electrons, called quinquethiophene that acts like a semiconductor and attached it to a long carbon chain with a silicon group at the end, which acts as an anchor. They later soaked the circuit board with preprinted electrodes into a solution of their new molecules.
The experiment showed that the molecules got attached to an insulating layer between the electrodes, forming bridges from one electrode to the next.
Scientists believe that improving the characteristics of the molecules and tweaking the technique will eventually lead to self-assembling circuits that out-perform existing technologies..."